Today, as I received an email from CERT, I was reminded of the day in 2004 when it was announced that CERT merged with the US Government. I wondered what would change and even considered the possibility that red tape could turn the highly-respected CERT into something that people just didn’t respect anymore.
By the next time a CERT Advsory arrived in my mailbox, the subject had changed from “CERT Advisory” to “US-CERT Technical Cyber Security Alert.” And there it was: the presence of the US Government. Who, besides them, still uses “cyber”? And then, not only is it a Cyber Security Alert, it’s a Technical Cyber Security Alert as though there’s such a thing as Non-technical Cyber Security. I sometimes wonder if the change made the hardcore people at CERT go “:(“